In a very hush-hush listing, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is selling his Nantucket Island mansion overlooking Nantucket Harbor.
Although area agents have been sworn to secrecy, the Boston Herald spilled the beans recently along with the tasty morsel that Kerry and his wife, Teresa, are also jettisoning The Isabel, their 76-foot luxury yacht. Is there any other kind of 76-foot yacht?
The 5,600-square-foot beach house is listed for $25 million; the sloop, $4 million.
The couple have owned the five-bedroom house overlooking Nantucket Harbor since 1982, and were married there in 1995, according The Inquirer and Mirror, the island newspaper. The three-quarter-acre property has been on the market for about a month, and agents have been allowed to tour the home on the condition they keep mum about the sale, take no photos, and show it only to "discriminating clients," the paper says.
Mr. and Mrs. Secretary of State reportedly still enjoy the house, where they have hosted dignitaries and heads of state, including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Back to the boat, which is famous in its own right. In 2010, when Kerry was still a U.S. senator from the great state of Massachusetts, news broke that the couple had dodged a $437,500 state sales tax on the $7 million sailboat by docking it in Rhode Island.
At the time, a Kerry spokesman said the boat was docked next door for long-term maintenance, upkeep, and charter purposes, not to evade taxes. The yacht reportedly features two cabins and a pilot house with wet bar and wine storage.